No, Im not talking about the top of your actual deskill talking about your Vista desktop. If your like me, you spend a lot of time finding just the right picture to display.
Then you get involved in a project and start saving files to the desktop because that easier than burying them in some hierarchical sub directory click here to know. Or you download a new software program and all of a sudden youve got five new shortcuts on your desktop.
I have three answers to your problem: Simple, Quick, and Slick.
Delete them. Right click on an icon and select Delete. Or you can hold down the Control key and select several icons, then right click on them and delete all at once. Windows will give you a chance to change your mind by asking if you are sure you want to do that.
If youre worried you might delete an important program, dont be. First of all, they like to hide deep under your Program Files where its safe. Secondly, youll notice that most icons have a little curvy arrow on them. That means they are just a shortcut to a program. If you delete a shortcut, you dont delete the programyou can still start it by going to your Start Menu and finding the program folder.
As a failsafe, know that everything you delete just goes to your Recycle Bin anyway. To restore from there, open My Computer, click on the Recycle Bin on the left of the window, then right click on the file or shortcut which you wish to restore.
Any files on your dektop can be moved instead of deleted if you need to keep them. Right click on the icon, then select Cut instead of Delete. For the next step, open My Documents, navigate to a folder of your choice, then right click and Paste.
Simple is pretty simple, but it can take a long time and requires a lot of decision making. So you might want to go straight to the Quick solution. Right click on an uncluttered portion of your desktop, scroll over to the right, and unclick Show Desktop Icons.
Now the only thing left on your screen will be your desktop background picture. You can reverse the process anytime you want by right clicking again and telling it to show your icons.
There is, however, a way to have your uncluttered desktop and easy access to your icons, too. First, Unshow your desktop icons using the Quick method above. Then just add a shortcut to your Desktop on the Taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
Right click on the Taskbar, scroll up to Toolbars and then over to select Desktop. Now look off to the lower right corner of your screen. Click on the double arrow next to the word Desktop and all your icons will pop up above the cursor for you to pick and choose as needed. Desktop convenience at your fingertips.Read More